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How TikTok Makes Me Feel Less Lonely

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I could’ve said something trite like TikTok changed my life, but why use platitudes when I can use the bald-faced truth: TikTok makes me feel less lonely. My need for human connection in the land of lockdown in South Africa has been met by social media. I originally joined TikTok because all of my students were obsessed with it. I assumed it would be all TikTok dances and teens, but being super nosy, I was … Continue reading How TikTok Makes Me Feel Less Lonely

Books On Sale

Mostly Contemporary Romances

Books on Sale: Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon & More

Meet Cute Club by Jack Harbon is $2.99 at Amazon! This is a M/M contemporary romance with two enemies joining forces to save one of the heroes’ romance book club. Readers loved Jordan, who unabashedly loves romance novels, but had difficulties with Rex.

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Whatcha Reading? February 2021 Edition, Part One

Cute ginger cat is sleeping in the bed on warm blanket. Cold autumn or winter weekend while reading a book and drinking warm coffee or tea. Hygge concept. Text on the pages is not recognizable.

Welcome to February! This is where the winters in New England get gross and all the romance op-eds come out of the wood work. I will give the save advice I gave on a recent podcast episode and on my Twitter, just let it go. Do something infinitely more enjoyable than ranting about the ill informed writers who want to talk about romance for Valentine’s Day. ANYWAY! Let’s talk about what we’ve been reading lately! … Continue reading Whatcha Reading? February 2021 Edition, Part One

Books On Sale

Historical Romance, Small Towns, & More

Books on Sale: Taming the Legend by Kat Latham & More

Taming the Legend by Kat Latham is 99c! This is the fourth book in the London Legends series, which features rugby playing heroes. A few more of them are on sale. This one has a second chance romance, and the third book is also on sale. I enjoyed this series, but it’s been a hot minute since I’ve read it.

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What’s your favorite thing about reading romance?

Wedding bouquet of pink and white on a dark wood background Photo by Andriy Medvediuk

Very simple question with a lot of answers: What’s your favorite thing about reading romance? Sarah: I love the emotional security of reading romance: no matter how bad things get – and things can get hella bad – I trust that things will be okay in the end (and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end). A romance promises me a reassuring, safe space for my empathetic connection to the characters. Because I rest … Continue reading What’s your favorite thing about reading romance?

Books On Sale

Pride & Prejudice, Historical Romance, & More

Books on Sale: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik & More

RECOMMENDED: Polaris Rising by Jessie Mihalik is $1.99! This is a sci-fi romance and I absolutely loved it. You can read my A- here:

I am so incredibly happy that this book is in the world, especially after feeling like I’ve exhausted all my sci-fi romance options. Polaris Rising is exciting. It’s funny. It’s fan-fucking-tastic. My quibbles are minor in comparison to the joyful Good Book Noises I made while reading this.

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Soggy Bottoms: Murder Cookies For Murder Any Time

Soggy Bottoms - a Bookish Journey through Technical Bakes with a floury spoon, a rolling pin, and eggshells on a slate background

Amanda has turned this month’s Soggy Bottoms over to me because I wanted to talk about murder. YES. MURDER. Like y’all, I’ve been doing a lot of baking in the past year. Baking is a lovely way to complete a project in a specific and manageable amount of time, with the delight of endorphins and serotonin at the end and something delicious to eat. Winner, winner, baked good for dinner! One of my favorite recipe discoveries was … Continue reading Soggy Bottoms: Murder Cookies For Murder Any Time

Books On Sale

Urban Fantasy, YA Romance, & More

Books on Sale: Falling Under by Lauren Dane & More

Falling Under by Lauren Dane is 99c! This series has some of the most gorgeous covers I’ve seen in romance. Elyse loved the first book in this series, which was on sale recently, and mentioned this one in a Hide Your Wallet post. These fall more on the angsty, erotic romance side of things.

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Books On Sale

Contemporaries, Ahoy!

Books on Sale: Whiteout by Adriana Anders & More

RECOMMENDED: Whiteout by Adriana Anders is $1.99! Elyse gave this one an A-:

I love romantic suspense with survival elements (especially cold weather survival) and I also really enjoyed the espionage/global threat aspect of the mystery. I wish I’d read the prequel novella first, but it wasn’t a huge issue, and I’m delighted to have a new series to look forward to.

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Connect with Amanda & Sarah Online a LOT and Often!

Stardew Valley Sun 3pm ET and Wed 730pm - twitch.tv at smarttwitches

Ahoy, there! If you’d like more silliness in your eardrums, and you really like the podcast episodes where Amanda and I hang out and talk about all the things, we have a few – several, I think this qualifies – options during the week! If you’re hanging out on a Sunday afternoon, or a Tuesday or Wednesday evening – come hang out with us! Sundays & Wednesdays: SmartTwitches on Twitch! Since last summer, Amanda and … Continue reading Connect with Amanda & Sarah Online a LOT and Often!

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